Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A fair-to-middling chance of a Hodgepodge

 Wednesday again! Not sure how it came around so quickly, but it's time for the Wednesday Hodgepodge, in which Joyce asks the questions and bloggers provide the answers.  It's always a lot of fun (and sometimes challenging).   If you'd like to join in,  just head over to From This Side of the Pond and get the questions from Joyce, then answer them on your own blog.  Here are this week's questions:

 1. August 12th is National Middle Child Day...are you a middle child? If not, where in your family do you fall in terms of birth order? Do you hold true to the typical characteristics of oldest-middle-youngest-only child? (a quick list can be found here) Elaborate.

I am not a middle child.  I was the oldest of four and am the only one still living.  As far as the characteristics of an oldest child, I do tend to be conscientious and cautious.  I do best when my daily life has some structure to it, but in these busy days there's not always a lot of that.  My days at the moment tend to be more free-form.  

 I was interested to read that first-born children "often have an intense fear of failure, so nothing they accomplish feels good enough," I definitely had that growing up, and with my mother and grandmother both tending toward perfectionist, controlling types, I always thought that was the reason.  It's interesting that part of that may have to do with birth order.

2. Tell us about a time you felt like (or you actually were) in the middle of nowhere.

Let's see.  Maybe last fall when my hubby and I took a week in the far north of New Hampshire.  We literally were in the middle of nowhere (somewhere between New Hampshire, Maine and maybe Quebec!) as we took a few trips on the networks of dirt roads owned by logging companies.

3. What's something you're smack in the middle of currently?

Trying to list thousands of vintage items in my Etsy shop, A New Hampshire Attic.  Below are some examples.  Most of my listings are greeting cards, both used and unused, as well as sewing patterns, but there are other fun things too, as you see below.



4. What's a food you love to eat that has something delicious in the middle?

Ice cream sandwiches, oreos ... and I used to love cameo cookies, which my grandmother always stocked in one of the cookie jars at her summer cottage.  Then there's hamburgers, cheeseburgers, lobster rolls ... I could probably go on and on with this one.

5. Share a memory from your middle school days, or junior high if that's what your school dubbed kids somewhere between grades 6-8.

It was junior high back in my day, and included grades 7-8.  A couple memories stand out: Hearing about President Kennedy's assassination in 7th grade during a science class.  I almost think they might have brought in a television to the classroom,  but can't remember for sure.  Another memory is talking with friends about how old we would be in the year 2000 and where we might be in life by then.  We couldn't imagine ever being that old.

 In junior high, I remember having a jumper and blouse made in the lefthand view of the pattern below. I can't recall for sure the fabric of the blouse, but the jumper was a moss green suede cloth.  All through my school years, skirts, dresses, and jumpers were what girls wore to school.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

 Hmmm ... we have had such a long stretch of hot, humid weather lately.  I try not to complain, but I don't enjoy heat and humidity.  The extreme heat brings back memories of this campsite:

Not a trace of shade in sight, as you see.  A very unique campsite and one that would be quite beautiful in cooler weather.

And that's it for this week's Hodgepodge!  Happy Wednesday, everyone!


  1. I was in 2nd grade when the President was shot. I was in 8th grade when his brother was shot. So sad. I like your cute family picture. I need to check out your shop!

  2. I love that adorable family photo and love seeing all that vintage stuff too! Have a great day :)

  3. Love your photos! I've had 2 lobster rolls in my life. One came from a stand in Maine 15 years ago. One was last week from a local store/deli. My mom used to sew outfits for me when I was in elementary school. I never really learned to sew.
    Laughter and Consistency

  4. I totally connect with you on your thoughts about being the oldest. I have always feared failure for the same reasons you did.....perfectionist parents. I was determined to NOT do that to my kids. I tried.:) I did not realize all your siblings have died. That is so sad....another reason you are such a strong woman Mrs T. You have faced many trials. Thanks for sharing your memories...many of the same as I have. It is interesting to look back at all we have experienced.

  5. Wow you have quite a collection, and I imagine it's a big job getting it all listed. That pattern picture brought back happy memories of going to the fabric store with my mom and browsing the catalog of choices. Have a great day!

  6. I am also the eldest and identify with much of that list.🤦🏻‍♀️ Your siblings must have passed at young ages because you're just a young'un.

    Yes, it has been muggy and very warm. We don't even get a cooling down overnight, which makes it a challenge to get the house cooled off to face the new day.

    That woodland road looks very pleasant with all those beautiful autumn colors. Glad you found your way out of there. ☺️

  7. A few of us were in junior high when President Kennedy was shot. I listed that event. Those back roads into nowhere are sure beautiful! Looks like a fun trip. Hope the rest of your week goes well!

  8. I too remember when President Kennedy was shot. Like Ellen, eighth grade.
    I love the look of that campground; definitely more desertish that New Hampshire.

  9. I am an only. I don't like any of the stereotypes that are associated with that since I don't feel like I am any of those. I am very mindful of others so I just don't know if they all fit us. I had no idea you had lost all of your siblings. That is very tough. I love the pattern. I don't remember wearing pants until I was in about 7th grade. I am a few years younger, so you may have worn them in high school. I often wonder if the dressed down of kids these days doesn't affect the respect level. I think the fact that we were dressed nice made us act nicer. Of course, we didn't have many and wore them over and over, but always neat and nice. Listing and sending those items out is hard work. In a different time a booth in an antique store would have been a good idea.

  10. Enjoyed your hodgepodge today Sarah... you made me hungry mentioning that lobster roll! And of course, our favorite thing to do is go out into the middle of nowhere and ride our 4-wheelers... your pictures of NH are beautiful! I don't like the heat and humidity either.. about 70 degrees is perfect for me! Many blessings :)


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